Greenberg, Jan , Jordan, Sandra

World of Glass: The Art of Dale Chihuly

(2) 4-6 For nearly three decades now, Greenberg and Jordan (Meet Cindy Sherman, rev. 11/17; Two Brothers, Four Hands, rev. 3/19) have collaborated on a remarkable body of work: a series of intimate over-the-shoulder glimpses of contemporary artists and thus an eclectic array of ­mediums and styles, each title brimming with curiosity, intelligence, and enthusiasm. Their latest book, about master glassblower Dale Chihuly, is a fine example. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Chihuly dropped out of the University of Washington to travel abroad. After spending time on an Israeli kibbutz, he returned to college with a renewed sense of purpose, ultimately finding his calling in working with glass. But his success has not always been easy: he lost sight in one eye due to a car accident (he wears a signature black eye patch) and, more recently, revealed struggles with bipolar disorder. Employing generous quotes from Chihuly, Greenberg and Jordan strike a good balance between biographical anecdotes and information about the methods and processes of glassblowing, while closing chapters serve as a survey of a remarkable career, referencing memorable works and exhibitions. The book design incorporates numerous photographs that highlight the remarkable shape and color of the glass art, not to mention some of the innovative exhibition spaces devoted to it. Source notes, a bibliography, an extensive list of museums, and an index are appended.


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